Is it you? Traveling to canada or just moved to Canada? or Think yourself a foodie? We’ve picked top dishes that canadian locals love and enjoy. Food trends come and go but these dishes will blow your tastebud. Make sure to try these iconic foods in their countries of origin.
Poutine is one of the country’s most outlandish and defining dishes. The classic poutine uses peppery meat-based gravy and “squeaky” cheese curds on crispy fries. Poutine is also great with toppings like pulled pork, bacon, and smoked meat.
You can enjoy this dish across Canada. Any Canadian diner with fries on the menu will typically offer poutine, including big chains like McDonald’s. But, the best spot to get poutine is in Montreal.
02. Butter Tarts
Butter Tart is a Traditional Canadian Food containing a gentle, crumbly crust and a creamy center made of a butter, sugar and egg mixture. Sometimes you can find ones made with raisins or pecans also.
This rich, delicious treat is considered a staple of early Canadian cooking and can be traced back to the turn of the century. Most coffee shops and bakeries will have them on hand. But it’s worth making a trip to rural Ontario, where we can taste best butter tarts. These tarts are popular around the holidays and at Christmas time.
03. Maple Syrup
Canada produces nearly three-quarters of the world’s pure maple syrup. A majority is produced in Quebec where you can visit one of their maple syrup farms to see how it’s made and get some tasty samples. This syrup is delicious sweet liquid gold and best with pancakes.
04. Caesar Cocktail
Caesar is Canada’s National Cocktail. Invented in 1969 by Calgary restaurant manager Walter Chell, this cocktail took off to become enormously popular from there. Its key ingredients are Clamato juice, Vodka, Worchester, Tabasco and garnished with celery salt rim and celery stalk.
Even though Caesar is a Cocktail, one Vancouver restaurant has turned it into a meal. It named “Checkmate Caesar”, garnished with roast chicken, burgers, hot dogs, sliders, onion rings and more.
05. Nanaimo Bars
This rich tri-layered crunch dessert bar is made of crumb mixture, vanilla-flavored butter icing, and melted chocolate. There are many variations of Nanaimo bars such as mint or peanut butter. This is a popular treat among Canadians.
-In 1985, the Mayor of Nanaimo held a competition in hopes of finding the best, most definitive Nanaimo bar recipe. Joyce Hardcastle’s won and her recipe can be found on the city’s website
Tourtiere is a French-Canadian dish typically filled with ground pork, beef, veal, a sprinkling of herbs and spices. In some coastal towns, groundfish is used.
The hearty meal is most commonly consumed on Christmas and New Year. Quebec grocery stores keep it stocked year-round. Tourtiere is famous in Aux Anciens Canadiens, in Quebec City.
07. Montreal Bagels
Montreal bagels are smaller, thinner, sweeter and a little thicker. They also have a bigger hole and are always baked in a wood-fired oven. They often covered in poppy or sesame seeds.
Spread a generous serving of cream cheese on these and enjoy the perfect breakfast or lunch.
08. Canadian Bacon
“Peameal bacon” is branded as Canadian bacon. Canadian bacon is lean pork loin that’s been brined and rolled in cornmeal. Canada would export its pork to England, which was experiencing a shortage. At the time it was rolled in yellow peas for preservation, though over the years, that switched to cornmeal.
Carousel Bakery in Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market is world-renowned for its Canadian bacon sandwiches.
09. Ketchup Chips
There are plenty of chip flavors that can only be found in Canada. Ketchup Chips are mega-popular flavor in Canadian junk food. This can find out in any convenience store or grocery store in Canada.
These fried dough-pastries are hand-stretched to resemble a beaver’s tail. Beavertails is a slab of delicious, deep-fried dough. It is covered with a variety of toppings like Nutella, Reese’s Pieces, Peanut Butter, Oreos and more. This is the best Canadian sweet food you should try.
BeaverTails has expanded across the country, such as Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain and Halifax’s Waterfront
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